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Climate Conference 2011

At Global Climate Talks, The U.S. and China Are Divided As Ever

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

The somewhat deflating reality surrounding the global climate talks in Durban, South Africa -- now hurtling toward another arguably empty conclusion -- is that success or failure is heavily contingent on the whims of just two countries: China and the United States. The two nations, after all, produce far more climate-warming gases than their nearest competitors, and their mutual, steely-eyed refusal to budge from their bedrock negotiating positions tends to render even the most conciliatory gestures among lesser polluters both quaint and meaningless.

EU To Probe China On Climate Intentions

AP | ARTHUR MAX | Posted 02.03.2012 | Green

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- The European Union, championing a deal to get all major countries to agree to binding pollution targets, says it will exp...

Ex-U.N. Climate Chief Says Talks Are Rudderless

AP | ARTHUR MAX | Posted 02.03.2012 | Green

DURBAN, South Africa — Yvo de Boer said he left his job as the U.N.'s top climate official in frustration 18 months ago, believing the process o...

Top U.N. Climate Official Says Pledges To Cut CO2 Will Go On

AP | By ARTHUR MAX | Posted 12.03.2011 | Green

DURBAN, South Africa -- The top U.N. climate official said Saturday she is confident industrial countries will renew their pledges to cut greenhouse g...

U.S. Charged With Stonewalling Climate Negotiations

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 01.30.2012 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

In a sharply-worded letter sent to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Tuesday, a coalition of environmental and climate-action groups identify the United States as a bad-faith negotiator and an unprincipled impediment to global climate talks now underway in Durban, South Africa. Just three years after President Obama's rising call to action, the authors of the letter say, "America risks being viewed not as a global leader on climate change, but as a major obstacle to progress."

U.N. Scientist: Global Warming Leading To Loss Of Agriculture, Water, Species

AP | By ARTHUR MAX | Posted 11.30.2011 | Green

DURBAN, South Africa -- The U.N.'s top climate scientist cautioned climate negotiators Wednesday that global warming is leading to human dangers and s...

Durban Climate Conference Q&A

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green

JOHANNESBURG — Some questions and answers about the climate talks being held in South Africa's eastern city of Durban that opened Monday and clo...

Climate Conference Opens, Focuses On Emissions Cuts

AP | ARTHUR MAX | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green

DURBAN, South Africa — With heat-trapping carbon at record levels in the atmosphere, U.N. climate negotiations opened Monday with pressure build...

High Stakes For U.N. Climate Talks In Durban

AP | ARTHUR MAX | Posted 01.27.2012 | Green

DURBAN, South Africa — The U.N.'s top climate official said she expects governments to make a long-delayed decision on whether industrial countr...